And yes, as it turns out, that does seem to be the plan.
Legislative budget writers want to slash the state general fund appropriation for the state Department of Health to $20.7 million - the lowest level it has seen since 1990, when it received $20.3 million. * * *TBA is not well informed as to the merits of this proposed cut, but we're amused that the Republicans' self-image matches up so precisely with their stereotype.
In fiscal 2010, the Health Department received about $29 million in state funding - less than a tenth of the $325 million that Alabama has for its state public health budget.
(Note that, because the story is by Pulitzer-Prise-winning super-journalist Jerry Mitchell, it's about as clear as mud. The above quote contrasts "$29 million in state funding" with "the $325 million that Alabama has for its state public health budget"; but Mitchell also writes that, due to federal matching funds and who knows what other sources, MSDH actually has a "$351 million budget." So is the Alabama number properly compared to the general-fund appropriation, or to the total MSDH budget?)